This clean, simple residence is located on a small urban lot in a big city. Sheathed in a crisp rose colored brick coupled with smooth Indiana Limestone trim and upper course, it represents the wish of a pair of sophisticated clients for a downsized residence for just two people. The owners asked for a ‘jewel’ of a house, one that would set them apart from all of the Georgian brick and stucco clad houses in the neighborhood.
Reflecting the owner’s requirements for a mainly informal house, the open plan pulls the visitor into the two-story combination family, breakfast and kitchen space past the two more enclosed rooms, the Dining Room and Library. The raised ceiling in the center of the residence enlarges the Family area and allows the upstairs gallery and its artwork to share the space. By keeping the stair to the rear, the architect was able to present the Foyer, Dining and Library as more enclosed spaces to further emphasize the Family area’s larger dimensions. The Indiana Limestone was introduced inside the house’s Family Room east wall to connect it to the adjacent open courtyard and terrace, therefore creating an outside-inside effect despite the small lot.
The house was designed as an energy-saving structure with encapsuled insulation, high SEER air conditioning compressors and double glazed windows, doors and garage overhead doors. Complimented by a simple professional landscaping scheme, the metal gates, garage doors and other exterior items all reinforce the contemporary theme of little decoration and very clean lines. The charcoal grey of the 11mm thick slate roof continues the concept of only natural, quality materials being used on this residence. This simple ‘jewel’ on their land glows at night signaling to all passersby its singular simplicity and crisp character.
L. Barry Davidson Architects was the architect and interior designer on this house, completed in February 2017.